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How to downsize and organise your wardrobe like The Home Edit

Wardrobe Organisation – Tips from The Home Edit Girls

If 2020  taught us anything, it’s that the time we spend in our homes needs to feel good. The importance of making that space comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, and homely is more crucial than ever. Whether you reside in a small city apartment or a family home in the suburbs, the space in your wardrobe can get filled with junk. Junk that quite easily turns into an utter mess in need of a serious declutter. 

The wardrobe is arguably one of the most important areas of the house. It’s the first cupboard you look in, in the morning, and some say that the state of your wardrobe resembles your state of mind. 
Professional organisers Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, founders of The Home Edit, are the Queens of wardrobe organisation and have dealt with the most serious of wardrobes (walk-in sized and small). 
The pair are famous for working with A-list stars like Reece Witherspoon and Gwenyth Paltrow, and consistently turn homes and wardrobes into a declutter palace. They say their “goal is for people to feel calm and comfortable in their homes, and organising helps that, both physically and mentally.”
If it works for Gwenyth it can work for you. That’s why I have compiled the top tips from The Home Edit girls, for wardrobe storage solutions, to turn your wardrobe from hoarding central to pristine perfection. 

Clothes are the Window to the Soul

I love clothes and know this passion has increased dramatically since 2020. The only problem is figuring out where to put all these newly bought pieces. The Home Edit girls suggest creating seasonal closet bins. One for winter and one for summer. When you are not using one, just place it on a higher shelf and rotate them as the weather changes. This could prove a bit difficult in some New Zealand towns, renowned for four seasons in one day but give it your best shot. 

Another clothes related tip they suggest for wardrobe organisation is lining up your pants, dresses, and shirts in colour order. This will give your wardrobe a polished look and make things easier to find. They suggest organising by category of item and then sorting by colour in rainbow order, ROYGBIV. Doing so also makes it easier to match colour combinations when it comes to getting dressed, saving you time and hassle in the morning. Plus, the aesthetic is absolutely divine.

When it comes to creating a declutter look and keeping things organised it’s important to fold your work-out clothes, shorts, pyjamas, t-shirts, and even underwear. “If your closet doesn’t have drawers, create your own by using baskets”. This can look even better than a set of drawers. 

If you are short on hanging space, then fold your denim and store them on a shelf with dividers. This way they are kept contained while still easy to access. 
While the girls prefer to use slim velvet hangers, the most important thing is to have a matching set. They say this is the biggest game-changer of any wardrobe organisation and we have to agree. Matching products, including the storage containers you use, really does make a difference. It keeps things looking orderly and streamlined. Who doesn’t love that?

How do you Throw Away the Clothes you are Hoarding?

This one is simple. Be realistic – if you haven’t worn it in over a year, then you probably never will. Maybe you love that item of clothing or it’s attached to a certain memory, but you don’t need to feel guilty about throwing it out. Just be consistent, no hoarding, declutter, and stick to the one-year rule. This will change your wardrobe organisation for the better. Also, remember to sell your clothes or better yet donate to a friend or hospice. 

If you’re reading this thinking your wardrobe space is no way near the size of Reece Witherspoon and that none of this applies, then you are wrong. In the words of The Home Edit girls “just because a closet is small doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful and functional. The issue that many people run into is adding too many storage solutions to a small space, which can make it look even more cluttered. Take exact measurements and choose products that fit your space and needs”. Wardrobe storage solutions such as small cupboard compartments for your shoes and huggable hangers make all the difference in providing a declutter designed wardrobe. 

Remember the most important thing – you are doing this to clear your head and feel better about the space. Keep this thought in mind when taking on the job of a wardrobe revamp. If you want someone to help out and consult on the vision for your amazing new wardrobe, then I am the lady for the job. With an absolute passion for tidying and making spaces functional, I started Tidy Life Solutions. We specialise in wardrobes and storage solutions so you can sit back, relax and feel good about opening those doors in the morning.

Get in touch today. Click here to view my contact page.


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